Why did you start making peanut butter?
Radhika: As the adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention. My trip down peanut butter lane started with my son.
My son is a swimmer, so he needs a lot of energy and good nutrition. But, like many young kids, he does not have the patience to sit and eat big meals. Peanut butter is a quick, easy way to get good protein and energy to fuel his activities. Since I am very wary of processed foods, I bought preservative-free natural peanut butter from a local health store and gave it to my son. He hated it – the grit and oiliness was off-putting. After lots trial-and-error, I found a way to make natural, preservative-free peanut butter that tastes amazing, lasts ages in the cupboard, and that my son and his friends love!
How did you come up with the name OmMade?
Radhika: My mom suggested the name “OmMade” since it is a nice combination of both my culture and process. I added the “With Love,” because that is how I make all my food!
Where did you get the idea for Om Lassi?
Radhika: I lived in India as a teen and loved having mango lassi in the hot Indian summer. Mango lassi is smooth, creamy, cooling – a perfect treat for the heat! In India, we drink so much lassi, it is practically the national drink! When my son was old enough, I started making mango lassi for him and he loved it! Since he is getting older, I wanted to start a business selling mango lassi and other tasty, healthy foods.
Bio & Background
The Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business
Master of Business Administration, May 2002.
COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY
Bachelor of Arts, August 1995
Radhika started her career with an IT start up. Over the past few decades, she has run numerous businesses with a focus on profitability and employee success. While taking a break from the for-profit world, Radhika started and ran a successful non-profit that provided school supplies to over 500 teachers with 85,000 students in public schools all over the United States. Radhika also holds leadership positions in non-profit organizations in her community, in addition to contributing countless volunteer hours.